In 2012-2013 The Young Foundation worked with Mind to develop a programme targeting the mental health of older men who are out of work. Our goal was to work with them to discover the best ways to help build their resilience and reduce their risk of mental problems.
As part of this work we spoke to men about their experiences in trying to find work, and how being unemployed affects their life and wellbeing. The Young Foundation conducted local engagement and consultation across five areas in the UK to support the more detailed design of the resilience intervention.
This report shares the stories and experiences of men in Darlington, Hackney, Merthyr Tydfil, Newham and York, as well as making practical recommendations about designing resilience interventions.